Getting gifts for a 6-month-old baby is always a fun and exciting endeavor, especially because the older the baby gets, the more aware and interactive they can be with the things you get them. The only challenge is finding a gift that’s age-appropriate for a 6-month-old, because at this age, a baby is beyond newborn toys, but they’re not quite ready for the toddler toys that are designed to keep active tots busy.
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One thing’s for sure: A 6-month-old is not going to be entertained from black and white colors alone, or any of those super simple and basic toys that are designed for early infancy. When they’ve aged half a year, babies are usually sitting up on their own, stacking items, and making stronger eye contact with those around them. They are much more advanced at grabbing at toys instead of just gazing at them and may even follow toys that are in motion.
This means that the best toys for a 6-month-old are, well, actual toys, and ones they’ll find entertaining for the next several months. It’s still important, however, to make sure any chewable toys are not a choking hazard, because at this age, Baby is still teething like crazy and putting everything in their mouth.
Ready to shop the best gifts for a 6-month-old? Here are some of the best toys and gifts that moms are loving most this year.
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Best Gifts For A 6-Month-Old
This loveable plush toy is something babies of all ages can enjoy, but it makes a great gift for a 6-month-old in particular. You can teach the pup your child’s name and personalize learning with 15+ activities through the use of a smartphone or tablet. It also sings more than 40 different songs, including melodies and lullabies that your baby will love.
As simple as this toy might seem, babies ages 6 months and older enjoy it in the same way younger babies do. This is likely because, at this age, they have a much firmer grip and are really able to shake this rattle. They enjoy hearing the rattling noise and looking at the different colors, especially the bright striped tube that looks a bit like a candy cane.
This interactive toy lets kids explore the fun of cracking an egg — without the mess. It comes with 6 colorful toys, each that squeaks when pressed upon and has fun shapes on the bottom that fit perfectly into one space in the crate. Parents, be warned: This set comes with so many pieces that they can easily be lost, so it’s a good idea to put it all back together once your little one is done playing. That said, it’s safe for babies 6 months and up.
Six months of age is right around the time where your baby will start to love stacking things—and it will occupy their attention for longer than so many other toys, which will come in handy for you. This set comes with 8 vibrantly-colored cups in all different sizes that stack perfectly. The price is also so affordable that it makes an ideal stocking stuffer or an addition to another gift.
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If you’re looking for a bigger-ticket item to give as a gift to a 6-month-old—one that will last them well into toddlerhood—this is a great choice. It comes with four different sides of entertainment, including curvy wire rides, peek-a-boo doors, spin and match animals, turn and learn ABC word tiles, and even racing rollers.
This activity center provides endless entertainment for your 6-month-old baby, plus it gives you a few minutes’ break from holding your babe! It has a 360-degree interactive design that rotates and a musical bottom that encourages bouncing and leg movement. The best part is that when your baby gets a bit older, it can be transformed into a table for your play area.
If you’re seeking a super educational gift for a 6-month-old, this is a great option. It introduces your child to 100 different words, from fun animal friends to vehicles, and even different foods. It is also bilingual—you can change its setting to Spanish—so it’s great for teaching multiple languages.
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If you have the space in your playroom, your baby will have endless fun in this ball pit. It’s super lightweight and easy to move, plus it folds into a carrying case for easy transport. Although it does not include the balls, you can purchase them separately—ideally 100-300 to fill it up entirely. As a bonus, it’s equipped with sparkling LED lights for a little extra magic.
At 6 months of age your baby will start to love music and be even interested in creating their own. That’s why this fun drum set can be a really clever gift. It lets them create different musical styles, from classical and marching to salsa, and teaches her how to play in both English and Spanish.
Best Gifts For A 6-Month-Old Boy
While this could certainly make a great gift for a boy or a girl, boy dads will love giving this to their sons. The plush playset includes a baseball, basketball, soccer ball and football, each of which make a fun unique noise, from crinkles to squeaks.
One thing you can never have too much of at 6 months of age is bodysuits, aka onesies. These ones are all Winnie the Pooh-themed and Lion King-themed, which makes them oh so sweet for a little boy. The sizes range from 0-3 months to 24 months.
Whether or not your baby has a furry friend, this puppy will fill that void. It comes with three colorful buttons that promote your baby’s fine motor skills and prompt th puppy to play fun songs and sounds that will wow your little one’s mind.
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